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Sunday January 21 in Elementary KidzTown

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Key Passage: Romans 1:16
 
Big Picture Question: What is a missionary? A missionary is someone who obeys God’s call to go and tell others the good news about Jesus.
 
Christ Connection: Paul obeyed the Holy Spirit’s call to tell the world about Jesus. Many of the Jews rejected Christ, so Paul shared the gospel with the non-Jews. Many of them believed in Jesus. God uses people to tell others about Jesus so that people all over the world can be saved from their sin by trusting in Jesus as Lord and Savior.
 
Dear Parents,
This week our journey takes us along with Paul on his first missionary journey. Paul’s first missionary journey began in Antioch of Syria—the third-largest city in the Roman empire, after Rome and Alexandria. The Holy Spirit was working in the Antioch church. The Spirit led the believers there to send out Paul and Barnabas on a journey to preach. The church obeyed, and Paul and Barnabas went out.

Remember that at one time Paul had devotedly persecuted Christians, but now Paul was a missionary. A missionary is someone who obeys God’s call to go and tell others the good news about Jesus. Paul and Barnabas traveled to several cities and all over the island of Cyprus, telling everyone about Jesus.

In each city, they went first into the synagogues. They told the Jews about Jesus. Some of the Jews believed, but some of them were angry at Paul and Barnabas. They rejected the truth about Jesus. In some places, the Jews made plans to kill Paul! So Paul and Barnabas went to the Gentiles, the non-Jews. This was the purpose to which God had called Paul. (See Acts 9:15.) When the Gentiles heard the gospel, many of them believed. The gospel is not for a select group of people; it is for everyone! If Paul had not taken the gospel to the Gentiles, many of us would probably not be believers today.

Paul obeyed the Holy Spirit’s call to tell the world about Jesus. Many of the Jews rejected Christ, so Paul shared the gospel with the non-Jews. Many of them believed in Jesus. God uses people to tell others about Jesus so that people all over the world can be saved from their sin by trusting in Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Activity: If you have a road map of your state or an electronic map app, mark your city. Mark the farthest city north, south, east, or west of your town. Talk about how long the car ride would be to one of those cities. Brie y review Paul’s first missionary journey. Invite your kids to think about ways to tell people in your city about Jesus.

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Sunday, January 14th in Early Childhood KidzTown

Unit 28, Session 2: Peter Healed a Beggar

This week our Preschool & Pre-K classes continued our unit titled The God who Empowers. This unit has an emphasis on how the Holy Spirit helps us, especially when it comes to sharing Jesus with others. This week our lesson focused on how the Holy Spirit empowered Peter to heal a man in Jesus’ name.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE: Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: What does the Holy Spirit do? The Holy Spirit helps Christians.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS:

  • The Holy Spirit helps us.
  • Peter and John went to the temple.
  • Peter healed a man in Jesus’ name. <--Main Point
  • Only Jesus rescues and heals people.

BIBLE STORY DETAILS: With the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, Jesus’ disciples were empowered to carrying out Jesus’ mission for them—to take the gospel to all the nations. More and more people believed in Jesus. They met together at the temple to praise and worship God, and the first church began. 

One afternoon, two of Jesus’ disciples—Peter and John—went to the temple to pray. They encountered at the gate a man who could not walk. Rather than give the man money, Peter gave him something much more valuable: immediate physical healing in Jesus’ name. 

CHRIST CONNECTION: After Jesus returned to heaven, the Holy Spirit gave the disciples power to begin working. With the power of Jesus’ name, Peter healed a man who was lame. Not even the religious leaders could stop Jesus’ followers from sharing the good news about Jesus.

 As you talk with your kids about this Bible story, keep three things in mind. First, Peter’s healing the beggar was not magic; it was a miracle. Beginning in Acts 3:12, Peter responded to the people who were amazed at what had happened. “Why are you amazed at this … as though we had made him walk by our own power?” The man wasn’t healed because Peter was a super-believer. Peter explained that it was by Jesus’ power the man was healed.

Second, the man’s healing made him happy and thankful. He entered the temple and rejoiced! Consider the wonderful miracle of salvation. We are dead in our sin, and God makes us alive in Christ! How we should rejoice and give thanks to the Lord!

Finally, Peter and John were bold in their witness. When confronted by the religious leaders, they did not shy away. Peter and John preached about the salvation found in Jesus. In fact, they said they were “unable to stop speaking about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20). 

The same power that enabled Peter to heal the man who was lame—the power of the Holy Spirit—enables believers today to live on mission for Jesus. Pray that God would give your kids a willingness to be used by Him for His glory and for the fame of Jesus’ name.

 Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

ACTIVITY IDEA: Peter and John helped the beggar at the temple by sharing about the salvation found in Jesus. Brainstorm how you can share Jesus’ love as a family with someone in your community this week and work together to do that. It could be anything from witnessing to a friend or family member to completing an act of kindness.

NEXT WEEK: “The Ethiopian Official Believed” (Acts 8:26-40)

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